2nd Helicopter arrives!
Following the ‘Your London, Your Helicopter’ fundraising campaign last year to acquire and sustain a second helicopter and extend its summer daylight flying hours for five years, just over £4 million was raised enabling the LAA to acquire the aircraft, convert the helicopter to meet aviation regulations and provide the same medical interior, and to cover some running costs for the extended service. The cost of providing the service has increased to £6 million each year and donations are needed now more than ever to maintain the delivery of our 24/7 advanced trauma care to London.
Here’s what the Mayor of London has to say
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, said: “This is a momentous feat for London, for Londoners and for the dedicated healthcare professionals of London’s Air Ambulance. It reinforces my pride in the capital. The delivery of a second emergency medical helicopter is down to the dedication, determination and generosity of countless individuals and organisations across London. Without them this wouldn’t have been possible.
“We should all be proud of London’s Air Ambulance. The world-class care the doctors, paramedics, pilots and staff here provide is already saving lives and having a second helicopter at their disposal can only improve outcomes for patients across the city. That’s why it is vital that this year our CEOs and business leaders dig even deeper into their vast war chests of profit in order to help London’s Air Ambulance to continue its life-saving work.”